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My parents take care of my two children once a week, but they haven’t childproofed their house. Is it ok to ask them to take some precautions? Thanks


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  • Hundred per cent yes. When it comes to the safety of your children, nothing is ever too much. As a parent it’s your priority to keep your kids safe. You should at least go through their house and identify any dangers, there might not even be any


  • Yes, I think so. Or at least ask them to childproof one or two rooms very well, and keep the kids there.


  • Yes, I think it’s okay. Protecting your children is far more important than being afraid to speak up.


  • I wouldn’t have a problem to ask my parents to do this. I am sure they will understand you.


  • Yes, your parents probably haven’t thought of it so best to do it asap so everyone can feel less stressed ad more secure about it .


  • Absolutely!
    It’s for your childrens safety!
    You shouldn’t have to even ask, it should automatically be done.
    It will also reduce some stress on your parents.
    Perhaps you could offer to help with the cost (power point protectors, cupboard locks, baby gates, etc) as they may be to embarassed to say they can not afford to.
    Good luck!


  • NO – flopping heck, and don’t kid proof your own home either! They need to know no means no and will learn with you setting boundaries, not sanitising their environment. I did not lock a cupboard or put an ornament up, and nor did any of my friends or family, and none of us got seriously hurt or died!! Trust in common sense love.

    Gosh, I don’t normally lecture, but this is really incredibly sad for me to think that kids rule the roost


  • I think it would depend on what is unsafe. If they don’t have door stoppers to stop fingers getting caught I would say no as this is a bit excessive. If they have a pool that is not fenced then I would say yes it is ok.
    Remember grandparents managed to bring up the parents and generally keep a better eye on the children when they only have them for a short time.


  • yes sure… be mindful of how you do it.


  • Absolutely and I’m sure they would be happy too. It is the safety of their precious Grandchildren.


  • Depends, why is it unsafe? if mum has the Royal Doulton on the bottom open shelf that could be smashed on the floor and cut your child I would see that as mainly a problem for mum, if they leave medications at child level, poisons etc then I would mention it or perhaps even move them, and just make a remark, about ‘ I will just shift this so freddy does not get to it, he is inclined to play with these type of things and I don’t want you to have to worry’ make it for your parents benefit, not your childs and you, I found that my kids got less injuries at my parents non childproof farm than they did at home, I think grandparents tend to watch them more and don’t do anything else but watch the children unlike parents who have to do the housework and everyday chores as well as look after the children. grandparents get to send them home at the end of the day and can do their chores then.


  • You can’t see what a baby/toddler might try to do while you are in the toilet or bathroom washing your hands. One of the first things I had to do was put safety plugs in all the power points. The newer houses all have most of their power points down just above the floor. The light switches and door handles are also lower. I actually measured heights in my old house and those in my new one. Our 2 1/2 year old can easily open my interior wooden doors here but he couldn’t at my old 1950s built house. Fortunately the toddler still can’t unlock the exterior screen doors.


  • On that day they are responsible for your two children do you trust them? My mum has my eldest 2-3 days a week and she hasn’t chodk proofed her house, she just watches him and if he goes to do soemthing or touch something he should he listens when she says no. They are normally Angels for the grandparents.


  • These are your parents, you know if they are likely to be offended. Ask them if they have any concerns with little fingers exploring what they aught no to, and ask what they did when you were a child. Bring some child safety latches and mention to keep your children safe and also keeping their possessions safe from breakage. Gates to stairs, kitchen if that is possible power socket safety plugs etc. some children are into exploring everything and others will let alone if told not to touch.


  • If you think something is unsafe; then best to speak up!


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